DENVER — A condition usually linked to childhood is turning up in more adult women. Studies show the number of women diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has almost doubled over the past five years.
New research reveals the use of ADHD medication is up 85 percent among women between the ages of 24 and 36.
Dr. Brett Cauthen, a family practice physician, says, “We do see some adults as well who have gone undiagnosed as children and it tends to be women.”
Researchers say because many weren’t diagnosed during childhood, there are thousands who don’t understand why life seems so confusing, and many just can’t cope.
Many women who do not receive treatment resort to substance abuse, have troubled marriages and problems on the job. Doctors are learning to look for different ADHD symptoms for various age groups.
Many women with ADHD report being less attentive and having more chaos in their lives.
Dr. Cauthen says that’s why many say finally getting the diagnosis is actually a relief and adds, “Just knowing what your diagnosis is puts your mind at ease and you can kind of start to focus on how to cope.”
Experts say newly diagnosed patients are encouraged to alter their diet, increase their exercise and even take yoga and meditation classes. Prescribing medication is a last resort.